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Year 3 of I Write the Future begins! ISAW teachers and students are invited to participate in any and all of the following opportunities: 1) the I Write the Future web forum, a dedicated space and place for dialogue, discussion, and debate with peers across the state; 2) the I Write the Future going public opportunities including a special opportunity to read, reflect, and write about education, schooling, and intolerance; and 3) the video, digital writing forum on Love, Light, Good Enough. You'll find info about all these opportunities in this channel.

In this channel you can see the highlights of Year 2, the members of the I Write the Future team and the ways they were celebrated, and especially the writing that team members contributed to three 2011-2012 I Write the Future Anthologies. To read their writing, click on the PDF for each of the three anthologies to open up the document for online reading or printing.

In this channel you can see the highlights of Year 1, the members of the I Write the Future team and the ways they were celebrated, and especially the writing that team members contributed to the 2010-2011 I Write the Future Anthology. To read their writing, click on the PDF of the anthology to open the document for online reading or printing. Be sure to read the first pages of the anthology and take note of all the amazing student accomplishments of Year 1.

Self-doubts can erode your self-confidence, warp your self-image, and diminish your self-respect. If they affect your identity so much that you become intolerant of your very self, the result might be self-harm, both emotionally and physically. Denise Ros, one of the first year I Write the Future team members wrote, “How you treat others directly relates to how you feel about yourself.” It all begins with you. The articles, interviews, and essays address intolerances of self, their causes and effects, as well as the ways the writers found help and support, self-respect and self-knowledge.

The writers of the essays, poems, and articles in this channel focus on the issue of bullying and, in particular, on the importance of understanding the bullied and the bully in order to make change. How can we work together to help create safe places in our schools and communities and when we are face-to-face or online?

Is history just the stories of struggle after struggle for power based on prejudice, stereotypes, cultural assumptions, greed, and fear? Are there also stories that make up a shared human narrative of overcoming and coming together? Will we, can we, learn to write those stories?

Articles, weblink, and videos in this “channel” explore historical intolerances that collide with present day events, as well as writing and writers that capture the past to speak us today and the present to remake the past.

The writers of the articles, essays, and poems in this channel focus on personal experiences and observations that address a range of intolerances— homophobia, racism, racial profiling, prejudice toward those of a particular religious or cultural group, and discrimination against the disabled.

How can we write the future? How can we use writing to make change? How can writing lead to doing and change-making?